Here are maps of who bought what, and where, in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction

Here are maps of who bought what, and where, in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction
With all the talk of how the proceeds of this auction far surpassed estimates, how AT&T spent the most amount of money for the biggest blocks of spectrum, and how one entity or another secured a certain number of licenses and a certain number of POPs, sometimes you just want to see how it all looks on a map. Analysts at Credit Suisse and Wiley Rein did just that, and the lay of the land is, well colorful.

AT&T had to go in big on this auction for a few reasons, one was to ensure it could get the biggest return for its money and regain spectrum it had to give up to T-Mobile after it failed to acquire the carrier a few years ago. Another reason is that the 600MHz auction next year is going to be far more competitive (read as: expensive), and there are rules that may limit AT&T’s ability to buy the amount of spectrum it really wants in certain markets. Finally, with AT&T’s plans to acquire DirecTV, securing a partnership with DISH, who now holds considerable spectrum, is not likely.

Verizon did not spend nearly as much as AT&T, or get as much spectrum in the auction, but its strategy was aimed at shoring up its license holdings. Big Red only has 2 out of the top 20 markets where it has less than 100MHz of spectrum to work with. This gives some opportunity for Verizon to be more aggressive next year, but it may look into leasing licenses from DISH.

T-Mobile played its cards close, and did not blow the bank which analysts believe will give the carrier more to work with next year. Looking at the map though, it did pretty well for spending only $1.8 billion.

DISH Network went big with the unpaired spectrum blocks, winning nearly every available license in the process. Regulator concerns aside, DISH has quite a portfolio. Now, everyone wants to know what the company is going to do with it.

source: FierceWireless



1. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

so....eveyone knows t-mobile has like a 4th of att's mobile market right? guess were getting free coverage from att!! lol

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I have AT&T and since they got more for Chicago, I'm going to be a happy camper. Btw, all four carriers are deploying cell phone service in the underground subways by the end of the year. :)

2. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

LOL t-mobile has garbage coverage. No wonder you are 4th. Uncarrier this and uncarrier that. The reason they have to uncarrier to get people is because they have garbage coverage. They didn't even spend a dime for any new coverage in my state while the other 3 did.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You should check their newly updated coverage map before talking. It's filled a hell lot more than what it was before.

5. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I was with them 3 months ago so I know their coverage (TRASH). I went to Cricket (AT&T). Much better.

6. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Carriers have different strengths in different regions. I get excellent TMO LTE coverage in my area. Verizon is still the best, but AT&T and Sprint fall behind TMO. And if you're talking about garbage coverage, then why is Sprint the 3rd largest carrier? I mean, we can all agree that Sprint's coverage is pretty much crap.

8. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

It all depends on where you live. I live in a highly populated area and get 4G LTE most of the time. When I don't get LTE I get 4G. Since I am covered from home to work and to the gym I am very happy.

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes, ones thing is to show coverage in maps, but another is to actually provide the coverage. Learned it the hard way.

9. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

you mean the other 2. Sprint didn't participate in this...and dish just has spectrum no actual service

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2263; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah at&t the carrier that cheats on data..

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